Volunteering

Interested in joining our sea-going crew or shore crew?

Our crew members need to:

  • live and/or work close to a lifeboat station and be regularly available for training and emergencies
  • pass a medical and eyesight test including colour vision
  • pass a probationary period that usually lasts for one year
  • be under 50 years old (sea-going) or 55 (shore crew)
  • be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
  • be physically fit
  • enjoy hard physical work
  • be willing to attend regular training sessions (Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings)
  • be over 17 (with the permission of your parents) or over 18 years old
  • get on well with other people
  • obey orders when required to
  • communicate easily
  • be willing to abide by the RNLI’s volunteer code of conduct

Being part of a lifeboat crew is a major commitment, which could include risking your life. Your commitment isn’t only measured in the time spent involved in rescues.

 Increasingly, new equipment and faster boats mean that regular training programmes also account for much of your spare time.

 You may also be asked to help show visitors around the station and with local fundraising.

What’s in it for you?

The RNLI provides first class training and equipment, guidance and support. Volunteering with us offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to save lives and be part of the larger RNLI family. We can offer you one of the most exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles available.

Still interested?

Before you complete this form, please read carefully the information above.

Most people who fail to meet our initial requirements do not live and/or work near the lifeboat station.

We are always particularly interested to hear from people with good day-time availability.

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